When you have been scheduled for an endoscopy, you may have many questions about the process and what will happen on the day of your appointment. Let’s explore some frequently asked questions that will help you get ready for the day of your procedure.
What will I need to have with me on the day of the procedure?
When you arrive at the office, you will need to have your insurance information with you along with a list of any medications you are currently taking, identification, and any applicable co-pays or deductibles. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will need to be present in order to sign documents.
Will I be able to drive after the procedure?
After a mount pleasant endoscopy, you will not be able to drive or operate any heavy machinery. Before your procedure, you will be asked to provide the name as well as the phone number of the individual that will be transporting you home. Another adult must be present when you leave the facility to ensure your safety.
How long will the endoscopy take?
The procedure is fairly simple and does not take that long; an upper endoscopy will be completed in 10 to 15 minutes. If you are getting a colonoscopy, the procedure may take up to 30 minutes. After the procedure, you will be taken to recovery for about 30 minutes before you are discharged.
Will there be pain after the procedure?
You will not experience any pain after the procedure, though a sore throat is common after an upper endoscopy. Colonoscopies may be accompanied by gas or soreness of the rectum; you may also experience swelling at the site of the I.V.
Speak with your doctor if you have been given specific instructions to prepare for your procedure or if you have any more questions or concerns.